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Description - The Dearly Departed by Elinor Lipman

An unexpectedly joyful comedy of manners that encompasses amateur dramatics, drive-by shootings, political campaigns, and golf. When Sunny Batten hears from a brusque, ill-mannered stranger that her beloved mother Margaret has just died in a freak household accident, understandably she thinks that things can't get any worse. But when she discovers that her cranky informant is the son of the man who died alongside Margaret, and that the pair, unbeknownst to their offspring, were engaged to be married, matters take a distinct downward turn. As even-tempered, reasonable Sunny and arrogant, wise-cracking Fletcher take their positions at the funeral, the eyes and ears of the sleepy New Hampshire town of King George are fixed upon them. What excites the graveside gossips more than anything is the mourners' identical, prematurely grey hair. Mere coincidence, or the inescapable workings of shared DNA? With its vivid evocation of small-town life and a cast of unwittingly hilarious characters, THE DEARLY DEPARTED will prompt as many belly laughs as it will tears -- and leave you hoping for more despatches from King George long after you've turned its final page.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841156552
ISBN-10: 1841156558
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman is the author of five other novels, including, The Ladies' Man and The Inn At Lake Devine, also published by Fourth Estate.

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